Soccer. Johann Lepenant shines in Lyon: “I could have stunned a couple of…”

Johann Lepenant came around his former SM Caen teammates this Wednesday morning. ©Aline Chatel

Success didn’t go to the pinnacle of Johann Lepenant. It’s a nonetheless smiling boy who returned to the heights of Venoix, this Wednesday, November 16, 2022, to attend the coaching of the Malherbe Caen Stadium. Educated right here, in Normandy, the midfielder has been shining for the reason that begin of the season within the colours of Lyon.

Indeniable holder below the orders of former coach Peter Bosz, he was relegated to the bench following the arrival of Laurent Blanc on the helm of the staff. However the stage of efficiency of Johann Lepenant in a short time prompted the previous coach of the France staff to provide him a spot of selection in his system.

The 20-year-old Granvillais continues to impose his fashion with simplicity and effectivity, he who discovers Ligue 1 with a reasonably disconcerting ease. Upkeep.

Johann, are you making the most of the vacations to come back again to your previous second residence?

Sure, I come to see the previous teammates, who’re nonetheless buddies since we’re nonetheless involved. Final night time, I requested them if they’d observe to come back and see them and to come back to them (laughs).

The primary a part of the season has been utterly constructive for you in Lyon, besides maybe by way of collective outcomes…

I did not count on to play a lot. I had some enjoying time so I am very blissful. Collectively, we will do some higher. I believe we are going to do higher within the second half of the season.

” That is what I needed “

Had been you stunned to adapt so rapidly to Ligue 1?

I do not know if I used to be stunned, as a result of that is what I needed. I needed to indicate that I might play greater. However, I could have stunned a few of them (smiles). I watched the championship and I watched the place I used to be going, to see if I might declare to play. I knew, by signing for Lyon, that I used to be going to have the ability to save enjoying time. I additionally knew that I might play some good video games on this championship.

We had been amazed by the serenity and ease that you simply confirmed from the outset…

Every thing went properly from the beginning, I am blissful. The difference time was fast certainly. I did my greatest for that, as a result of we now have no time to lose (smile). I modified a couple of issues in my preparation. It is a greater stage and you must watch out.

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You began with Peter Bosz, then relegated to the bench following the arrival of Laurent Blanc, who then put you again within the eleventh. Is it a wealthy first half of the season for a younger participant?

When he arrived, coach Blanc put me on the bench. He defined to me why. He was clear, clear, I utterly understood. I labored in coaching to come back again. It was the most effective factor to do since he put me again on the sphere. It is an apprenticeship as a result of completely different conditions can occur in soccer. You must know how you can adapt rapidly.

“You must suppose somewhat sooner”

Adapting to Ligue 1, what does it undergo?

You must suppose somewhat sooner as a result of it goes somewhat sooner within the final 30 meters, defensively and offensively. I believe the large distinction with Ligue 2 is there. In Ligue 2, there was loads of depth, like in Ligue 1. Technically, it is somewhat cleaner in Ligue 1. And within the final 30 meters, the gamers go somewhat sooner. We really feel that they’ll make a distinction at any time.

When are you going to make a distinction?

(Smile) I am engaged on it in coaching. That is my main axis of progress. I attempt to play ahead as a lot as potential in each recreation. I might have made a couple of assists. It is soccer. Typically it ends; typically it by no means ends. For the second, after I make a go, it doesn’t finish (smile). It is going to occur.

There may be the France Espoirs staff on Saturday in Caen. May you count on a summons?

It has been three, 4 instances that I have been on the pre-list. For the second, I’m not within the record. I’ll proceed to work to be there. That is what we’re gonna be known as.

How do you go from a sure anonymity, in Ligue 2, to the acute media protection of Lyon and all the eye you acquired?

There may be extra media protection, however I discover that I used to be properly acquired, inspired, congratulated. I am in an excellent temper. It goes properly.

“The objective is to go even greater”

Is it one other dimension, while you arrive at OL?

In fact, loads of issues are altering. It is a very huge membership. Whether or not on the pitch or off, it isn’t the identical in any respect. We uncover and the objective is to go even greater.

Taking part in in Lyon, being profitable there, provides ambition…

Essentially. While you attain the highest stage, you wish to go even greater and win titles. There are by no means limits. You all the time must go greater. We’ll see the place it takes us.

Do you hope to search out Stade Malherbe very quickly in Ligue 1?

Positive ! I watch virtually all of their video games. I wish to play towards them. They’d an excellent first half of the season. Afterwards, they misplaced a couple of foolish factors. However they’ll do one thing. They do not have the proper to make many errors anymore, however I hope they’ll get there. The membership should return to Ligue 1.

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